Figures

UK Deaths: 28,446

UK Cases: 186,599

Worldwide Deaths: 246,943

Worldwide Cases: 3,533,921

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5 Things I’ve Learned in Lockdown

There is a lot of time to think during lockdown, a lot! So as the week’s pass there are things I’ve learned…

1. I quite like lockdown

I know it won’t be a popular view, but I actually don’t mind the lockdown so much.  I do miss seeing friends and being able to ‘pop’ out, but actually, when it comes down to it, I am pretty happy at home, to be honest.  In fact, it’s 7 weeks since I have managed to actually get further than the top of the lane.

It’s so bizarre to know that right now we are part of something that will be written about in History, that will change the world.  It’s fantastic that we are all recording and writing about it, as we have so much time on our hands. What a legacy.

Also, it has to be said, it is nice to know that by staying at home I am doing my bit!

2. The littles things mean so much more…

Saying ‘I love you’ to the boys every night, and hearing them say it back.

A hot cup of coffee first thing on a morning, whilst being able to take it back to bed for a bit.

Hearing the birds sing and seeing the sun shining as I wake up.

Cuddles with Daisy on an evening.

Receiving the post or a delivery.

Getting a food delivery slot LOL

3. Funny videos/memes always cheer me up.

I love receiving the latest satirical video, or silly cartoon. No matter how bad a day I’m having, when these ping through they always cheer me up.  Particular favourites are:

@forest_fr1ends (Childhood toys with adult humour)

@JaneyGodley (Scottish banter and she has a sausage dog)

@justmaiko (Cause in my head I totally dance like that!)

Oh, and if it features Trump then it’s a dead cert!

Any suggestions for me?

4. There are some really stupid/selfish people out there.

I’m not quite sure how many times it needs saying, but still, some insist on flouting the law, on risking their lives and that of others.  Road traffic is up, people still feel that house parties are acceptable, when will it end.

No wonder British people in the majority are fearful of a lifting of the lockdown too soon.  If we are already struggling with the rules, then relaxing them surely will give those already flouting the rules, even more reason to keep flouting.  Furthermore, the general public will start to ease down too, maybe get a little giddy with freedom.  Many countries have already seen a rise in the death rate since relaxing lockdown measures…

My mum is shielding, I’ve lost family and friends, I have friends going through more than any of us could imagine.  Stay home, save lives!

5. I have a real dislike of opinionated people.

Now before everyone gets excited and starts having a go.  I am all for everyone having an opinion, it’d be a pretty boring place if we didn’t.  However, my issue is with opinionated people who refuse to accept others’ viewpoints, or not give a second thought to others’ situations.

We live in a world where judgment is freely thrown around.  Where some people feel it is okay to ‘say it like it is’.  Yes, we should all feel empowered to say how we feel, but we should also take into account others’ feeling, others’ situations and others’ beliefs.

For sure if you are asked for your opinion then offer it up, but leave it there.  Do not go on to push that opinion down others’ throats, like it’s the only thing that matters.  Think about the opinion of others and why they may feel or act the way they do.  If you still don’t agree then fine, but at least you have taken the time to consider others.

Also, as a rule, if you are not asked, then leave it there. Uh, uh, don’t even say it, you haven’t been asked, so keep a lid on it.  Be a good listener, be a good friend, don’t be judgemental, and don’t force your opinion, that’s why it’s yours and no-one else’s!

What have you guys learnt from the weeks in lockdown?  How are you finding it?

Would love to hear I’m not alone,

Fay x